Virgin America's most senior officer CFO Robert Dana plans to leave the carrier in early 2009.
Dana assumed the CFO position in June 2004 and played a pivotal role in attracting its US investors, and aided the carrier in its lengthy battle to convince US regulators the carrier met US citizenship and control requirements. Virgin Group is a minority shareholder in the carrier.
Dana also crafted the carrier's first business plan and raised $1.2 billion in financing for the carrier's Airbus A320 fleet, which will reach 28 by the first quarter of 2009.
Citing personal reasons for his decision, Dana plans remain at the carrier for an unspecified period of time as the airline transitions to a new CFO.